Congratulations on your admission to Gallaudet University. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the Bison family. New Student Orientation (NSO) is a required program for all students enrolling at Gallaudet for the first time, including first-year and transfer students. NSO is intended to help students prepare for the start of their academic career at Gallaudet University. During NSO, you will have time to meet your academic and career advisors, become familiar with Gallaudet University resources, and get to know your classmates. There is no other place like this in the world: your experience here will be unique and memorable. We are so glad you are here!

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The mission of New Student Orientation is to assist new undergraduate students with their transition to Gallaudet University. Through a series of programs and experiences, students will meet their peers, become familiar with Gallaudet University policies, procedures, resources, and participate in a variety of academic and social experiences.

New Student Orientation Dates

New Student Orientation will be offered in person. Students are expected to participate in the NSO program.

COVID Requirements

Gallaudet University will require all Gallaudet students and employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to be admitted to campus. For more information regarding the vaccination requirement, please visit the Return to Campus website.

NSO Spring 2022
  • Arrival Day: Wednesday, January 12, 2022
  • New Student Orientation: January 13-14, 2022
NSO Fall 2022 (TBA)

*You must complete your single-dose or multiple-dose vaccine at least 14 days prior to campus arrival to be considered fully vaccinated.